MABL 2021 Gala

The theme of this year’s Gala is “The time is always right to do what is right.” The theme captures the ongoing challenges and opportunities to partner with the community and legal profession to do better and be better. This Gala will be held virtually on Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 5-7 pm CST and features a fireside chat hosted by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and the incomparable Monique Worrell, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial
District for the State of Florida.

MABL Statement

Last year on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was brutally murdered in front of our eyes. See MABL's statement reflecting on the tragedy, our victory, and the struggle for equality in our legal system.

Click here to view MABL's statement. 

MABL President talks with PBS News Hour

MABL President Frank Aba-Onu joined Judy Woodruff, anchor of the PBS News Hour, to discuss the importance of Minneapolis City Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo's testimony, trauma, and issues regarding social justice in light of the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

MABL Congratulates Brandie Burris

Brandie Burris, 2L, was recently elected editor-in-chief of Minnesota Law Review. She is the first Black student to hold that position in the publication's 104-year history.

Click below to see the feature article.

MABL's Silent Protest

On June 8, 2020, as the judicial system continued the constitutionally required due process of determining the guilt of one of the four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd, MABL and its supporters stood firmly in solidarity with Mr. Floyd, his family, and all those fighting in the quest for justice.

Join MABL in the fight for justice and racial equality.

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Referral / Member Search

Are you in need of a referral? Our members practice in a variety of areas. Search our member database here!

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Judicial Endorsement Process

MABL proudly endorses qualified judicial candidates for appointment.
Qualified judicial candidates may formally apply for MABL endorsement using the process outlined by the Judicial Endorsement Committee. All endorsement requests must be completed by submitting a MABL Judicial Endorsement Application.

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Job Board

Find your next legal job with MABL. Employers can post job opportunities and MABL members can stay up to date on new employment opportunities!

Board of Directors

President:
Uzodima Frank Aba-Onu

Immediate Past President:
Amran Farah

Vice President:
Dana Mitchell

Secretary:
Amanda Matchett

Treasurer:
Abou Amara, Jr.

At-Large Directors:
Sara Jane Baldwin
Kristien Butler
Amanda Harrington
Pharaoh Lewis
Jules Porter

Featured Members

Toddrick Barnette

Toddrick Barnette

Membership level: Attorney Public Sector

Organization: 4th Judicial District Court

E-Mail:toddrick.barnette@courts.state.mn.us

Judge Toddrick S. Barnette was elected chief judge of Hennepin County District Court in May 2020. His term began on July 1, 2020. He is the first chief judge of color in Minnesota.

Kassius Benson II

Kassius Benson

Membership level: Attorney Public Sector

Organization: Hennepin County Public Defender

E-Mail: kassius.benson@hennepin.us

In December 2020, the State Board chose Kassius Benson to lead the Hennepin County Public Defender's office, making him the second African American to serve as the Chief Public Defender.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers is to:
Promote and support the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students in Minnesota; Address the legal issues affecting the Black community in Minnesota; and advance education, excellence, and racial equity in the pursuit of justice.